McDuffie County residents and other visitors had such a good time attending two cattle drives at Pine Top Farm the past two months they will get yet another chance to experience a bit of the American west, this time with some rodeo flavor.
A third cattle drive, scheduled for Dec. 11, will feature some calf roping for both new and experienced cowboys and cowgirls, said Glenn Wilson, Pine Top manager.
The cattle drive will get underway at 2 p.m. at Pine Top, located two miles east of Thomson on Highway 78/278.
The cattle drives have drawn about two dozen riders, and for those just wanting to watch the action, two wagons will be provided once again, Mr. Wilson said.
The cattle drives developed from Sunday morning trail rides following hunter jumper shows at the premier eventing site. Participants expressed interest in the beauty of Pine Top farm and its trails, and in the tame cattle herd.
When invited to pet the cows, children and parents - especially those from urban areas -- jumped at the chance.
"Their eyes just got big; they thought they were in heaven," Mr. Wilson said.
Getting close to the cows thrills visitors, especially those who are unaccustomed to animals.
"Kids eat that up," said Hazel Mobley, while discussing the past two successful events.
The last cattle drive offered a chance for riders to try cutting cows from the herd.
"This time, we're going to try some roping. We'll do some real cowboy stuff and get down in the dirt," Mr. Wilson said.
"The little kids and the big kids -- they all love it."